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Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Valencia

Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for the trip to Mestalla

FC Barcelona v Olympiakos Piraeus - UEFA Champions League Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana play their biggest game of the La Liga season so far in what promises to be an incredibly difficult visit to Valencia, and Ernesto Valverde has called 18 players to be in uniform tonight.

This is the full squad:

Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen

Defenders: 2. Nelson Semedo, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 22. Aleix Vidal, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 25. Thomas Vermaelen, 39. David Costas

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 15. Paulinho Bezerra

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 16. Gerard Deulofeu, 17. Paco Alcácer

There’s just one change to the squad that traveled to Italy to face Juventus, and it’s a big one: Gerard Piqué is suspended for yellow card accumulation and with the injury to Javier Mascherano, Valverde was forced to call Barça B defender David Costas. Along with Piqué and Mascherano, Ousmane Dembélé, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Rafinha Alcântara and Arda Turan miss out due to injury.

Predicted starting XI (4-4-2):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Alba; Alcácer, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

The match starts on Sunday night at 8:45pm (Barcelona & Nigeria) / 7:45pm (UK) / 2:45pm ET, 11:45am PT (USA) / 1:15am IST (India, Monday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.


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